Tradition comes from the Latin word traditionem meaning “delivery, surrender, a handing down.” A word used so often during this time of year, we forget what we are truly celebrating in our traditions–each other. By passing down and participating in rites and rituals year after year, we ensure our own immortality. Butler University, an Indianapolis university for more than 150 years, celebrates the season each year with their own tradition: Rejoice!, an annual concert gift to the Indianapolis community. On December 11 and 12, Butler University will share Rejoice!, a rich program of holiday music to invoke the Christmas spirits through Indianapolis music.
Starting at 7:30 pm, Clowes Memorial Hall will be transformed by the sounds of the Butler University Music Department. This year’s concert features the voice talents of Butler Chorale, University Choir and Madrigal Singers. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble and an Indianapolis professional orchestra will perform one of Bach’s most beloved pieces, “Magnificat” and Daniel Pinkham’s twentieth century composition “Christmas Cantata.” Erik Stark, Associate Professor of Music calls these two pieces, “historical pillars in the history of music.” Stark said, “Butler is proud to perform these two works, and other shorter selections, that showcase the impressive talents of our students. A rich and rewarding experience is in store for all.”
Stark is set to conduct “Christmas Cantata.” He describes the piece as “a modern-day evocation of renaissance compositional techniques – double choirs calling back and forth, chant-like melodies, and hauntingly beautiful harmonic language – that reveal his [Pinkham’s] personal admiration for the music of 16th century Venice.”
After intermission, Associate Professor of Music Henry Leck takes over the conductors stand to lead the combined choirs, professional orchestra and student soloists in Bach’s “Magnificat.” In addition to these two wonderful pieces, Rejoice! will include Butler Chorale’s renditions of “O Nata Lux,” “Gloria,” and “The Masque of Angels.” The University Choir will perform “Haitian Noel.”
Before the show on Saturday, December 12, Dr. and Mrs. Bobby Fong invite Butler University students, alumni and family to a special pre-concert dessert reception. Hosted in the Krannert Room of Clowes Memorial Hall, this Indianapolis event begins at 6:00 pm. Tickets to the reception are $10.00 per person, which includes a concert ticket to Rejoice! Reservations are required. To reserve your spot today call, 800.368.6852, extension 9946.
For more information about this special Indianapolis performing arts event, visit Butler University’s website. Before or after the show, head to the near by Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village. Broad Ripple Village offers a wide variety of Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars to make your holiday outing complete. Also consider the Indianapolis businesses in Indianapolis downtown, also very close to the campus of Butler University.
Stay tuned to Fun City Finder.com, as we cover every seasonal and traditional event in the Circle City. With so many fun things to do in Indianapolis during the holiday season, options for new and old holiday traditions seem endless. What will your legacy look like? Your choices of tradition today affect the traditions your children keep tomorrow. So remember to choose your traditions wisely this Winter.
December 12 to 13
Clowes Memorial Hall
4600 Sunset Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46208